Let’s face it, not a lot of girls are gifted with height, and that’s okay. There are pros and cons of being petite and it’s all about acceptance. Well thank God for fashion — we can look good despite being a shortie.
Although almost everyone is familiar with the word “petite”, many are still confused about the term. It actually means girls who are 5’4 and under. Clothes for petite girls have a specific cut which caters to the measurements of someone under the average height of a woman. So whether you’re busty or curvy, your height is the priority so don’t overlook the petite section when shopping.
Balance is key.
It’s tricky being petite because not all trends are applicable to us, so you have to work your way around it to your advantage. Pair crop tops with high waist pants, and pair denim shorts with an oversized knit sweater for a perfect balance.
The Kids Section is a friend.
You can’t deny that some clothes for kids got style. In this case, you’re in luck! Their sizes are quite similar with the measurements for the petite girls. Don’t overlook this section because you might just find what you’re looking for right here.
Pay attention to silhouettes with Maxis.
Maxis are another tricky thing. Aside from silhouettes, keep in mind tip #1 when working with maxis. When a maxi dress or maxi skirt is a quite roomy at the bottom, just balance it out with a fitted top (tucked in or crop top) or a fitted jacket. This style gives a very fresh and airy look making you look perfectly and stylishly laid-back.
DIY is your savior.
The odds are not always in your favor when it comes to some clothes. Sometimes we really want the last little black dress in store even though it has a length that’s a bit longer than we want it to be. That’s why it’s important to know how to DIY so you could make your own adjustments. If not, you could always go to a good tailor to have it altered.
Invest in petite-friendly hangers.
Lastly, buy smaller hangers. Standard or larger hangers can ruin clothes with a petite cut. Some of these tend to poke the sleeves or the shoulder area which stretches the fabric and ruins the fit. It’s best to use smaller hangers for some pieces of petite clothing to keep them in pristine condition for a long time.
Match the color of your bottoms with the color of your shoes.
This is a great trick to make your legs look longer. If you pair white pants with black boots, the tendency is your shoes looks like it cut the length of your legs which results in you looking shorter. Petite girls would look so much better wearing black sneakers with black high waist pants. An opportunity for me to look taller — yes please!